Effortless (Thoughtless #2) by S.C. StephensEffortless by S.C. Stephens
Published January 2013
Series: Thoughtless #2
Genres: New Adult
Format: Audiobook
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens comes the new adult series everyone is talking about—and a love triangle you won't forget.

After being caught in the middle of a love triangle that led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she'd made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera's love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive? Love is easy... trust is hard.

Note: I “read” this title as an Audiobook, so your assessment of the book may vary

Kiera Allen and Kellan Kyle have now come forward with their relationship after having ended Kiera’s love triangle also involving her ex-boyfriend Danny.

But now the couple is facing other difficulties. Kellan’s band, the D-Bags, are more and more successful and have been asked to accompany other major bands on a US-wide tour. But will their love be strong enough to resist this challenge? Will Kiera feel lonely again and betray Kyle behind his back (like she had done to Danny) and will Kellan give in to all his female groupies and become his manwhoring self again?

Oh-kay. This book was so. not. worth. my. time. I have nothing against Kellan – who is the perfect sweet book boyfriend if you can look away from his past, but the fact that this book was written entirely in Kiera’s POV just killed me.

Because Kiera is a whiny, wishy-washy girl with a very low self-esteem and huge issues.

This books is unnecessary drama, and Kiera is at the source of it all. There is not a page that goes by without her expressing her self-doubt, her doubts about Kellan, her doubts about why Kellan wants to be with her whereas she is so “plain”.

Then, I hated how Kiera was pictured in this book: as someone self-conscious, slightly prude, and who doesn’t like to share or discuss any discuss from her love-life, or even other’s love lifes because she is oh-so embarrassed when that happens. Yeah, right. Is this not the same person that had a month-long love triangle going with 2 guys at the same time?

And why the heck is she worried Kellan would betray her when on tour? It’s such a big deal to her, but she should remember that she had been in that situation before him…

Nothing happens in this book. Nothing at all. I could sum 600 frigging pages up in 6 sentences. Kellan signs the deal with record company. K&K are sad that Kellan’s departure date is approaching and make the best of it. K&K text and call everyday. Kiera visits Kellan in Boise on an improvised whim some point at 80% of the book. That’s it. I wouldn’t exactly call this a mindblowing plot.

And really, it’s all Kiera’s signature whiny drama and believe me, she’s a total broken record.

At about 85%, I was just tired of it all and gave up. I might just pick it up again someday just to get to the end of it, but if this audiobook didn’t cost me a huge sum (compared to a Kindle title), I wouldn’t have DNF’d a lot sooner.

Whoever can put up with that whining for the entire book is truly a hero. And I will – for the life of me – not understand how some readers actually enjoyed this book.

Oh, and on the technical side of things, Rebbekah Ross is quite a mediocre audiobook narrator. Sorry, but neither the narration or the story did cut it for me…

Detailed Rating
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Overall: DNF